Blue Lettuce

Lactuca tatarica pulchella

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Lactuca perennis, common names: mountain lettuce, blue lettuce or perennial lettuce, is a perennial herbaceous plant species belonging to the genus Lactuca of the daisy family. It is widespread across most of central and southern Europe.

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The Blue lettuce scientific name is Lactuca tatarica pulchella. This plant mostly grows in Alaska, Canada, California, New Mexico and Georgia. The plant Lactuca tatarica pulchella is 1 to 2.5 m tall with a big strong taproot because they consume a lot of water. It is used as medicine for children with a stomach ache and diarrhea. The part of the sap contains something called lactucarium which is used for the medicine. It blooms in July-September. It has blue flowers with 7+ petals.

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www.minesotawild.flowers.info
www.plat.org
gobotany.newglandwild.org

By Karina, age 12
Genesis, age 13

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Vlad Proklov, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/evergestis/16312446424/
  2. (c) Marc Blanc, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://www.flickr.com/photos/flore-alpine/4705460925/
  3. (c) fabelfroh, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabelfroh/2478732324/
  4. (c) Matt Lavin, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/35598331635/
  5. Adapted by kristen_himm from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactuca_perennis
  6. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) kristen_himm, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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